Finding the right software tools for functional safety projects

Development support tools in functional safety projects

The requirements on qualification of software tools employed in a functional safety development project is often of big concern to many industry stakeholder, e.g. OEM’s, system integrators, equipment manufacturers or tool vendors. Often a lot of open questions exist which are leading to long discussion during a project lifecycle. Furthermore, in certification projects, this topic is often seen as an area of risk and uncertainty. Additionally, there are more and more certified tools available but it is not always clear which tool would lead to the highest benefit.

Presentation 45 min, Q&A 15 min

Key topics that are covered:

  • Role and importance of software tools in functional safety development projects
  • How to establish sufficient confidence in tools
  • Overview of pre-qualified and certified tools
  • Overview of different functional safety standards: generic (IEC 61508), automotive (ISO 26262) and machinery (ISO 13849, IEC 62061)
  • Upcoming changes in standards

The webinar includes a Q&A session where attendees received personalised advice from Dr. Maier.

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About the speaker

Dr. Thomas Maier

Business Development Manager at TÜV SÜD Rail since July 2016


- 6 years at UL, principal engineer for functional safety
- 8 years with Danfoss Drives, functional safety in motion control
- 3 years at LM Ericsson A/S: software processes and tools, CMMi, UML and SDL
- 3 years at Daimler-Benz: system safety and functional safety of drive-by-wire systems and in avionics
- 4 years at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission: system & software safety in fusion technology
- International standardisation (ISO 26262, ISO 13849 & IEC 62061, IEC 61800-5-2, IEC 61508 maintenance, UL 1998)
- Dr.-Ing. from University of Stuttgart

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